Last weekend was a tough one for Greater Cincinnati and all of Ohio.
We lost two giants — former Federal Sixth Circuit Appellate Judge Nathaniel Jones and Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune.
I was honored to have clerked for Judge Jones, who served as a mentor and friend ever since that clerkship. Todd and I served together at the Hamilton County Commission, and in addition to our partnership there, worked on a variety of public issues before and after.
Both men helped to shape my life and outlook on public service in so many ways. And they did the same for many others.
From his childhood days in Youngstown, Judge Jones rose to become a true giant of the law and for justice, both in our country and internationally. But he never forgot where he came from, he never lost his humility and kindness, and never stopped mentoring and inspiring an entire family of law clerks who had the honor of working for him over the years.
As for Todd, it’s safe to say that no individual had a larger impact shaping policy in Hamilton County and Greater Cincinnati in the past 30 years. He made a difference on everything from infant mortality to transportation to infrastructure, as well as on the daily acts of constituent service that have such an important impact on people’s lives. But his greatest legacy may be the personal courage he showed in battling one physical challenge after another. He inspired so many that as tough as things get, you can keep fighting through it all.
Both men will be missed, but both will continue to inspire as we also aim to provide public service and persevere in a difficult time.
Given the events of this week, we hope you’ll continue to stay involved.
Here are three ways you can take action:
- Ohio Democrats have events happening across the state over the next few weeks — please check out the events section below and find one near you.
- If you’d like to commit to volunteering for the Ohio Democratic Party, click here to sign up now.
- Or just take a few moments to read our weekly newsletter below and share it with your networks, encouraging them to join the fight.
Thanks for being a part of this,
Ohio Democrats Call Out Trump’s Broken Promises on Health Care
Ohio Democrats toured the Buckeye State this week, making stops in Ironton, Chillicothe, Marietta and Ravenna, to call out Donald Trump’s broken promises on health care, as Ohio saw its uninsured rate jump in 2018 and the number of uninsured kids rose by 28 percent from 2016 to 2018.
Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper emphasized how dangerous the Republican lawsuit to repeal the Affordable Care Act will be for Ohioans’ health coverage. “When it is decided, either this year or next, if Donald Trump gets his way, that will gut the Affordable Care Act and get rid of pre-existing conditions.”
OHIO DEMS IN THE HEADLINES
Democratic Lawmakers Slam GOP’s Failed Leadership, Betsy DeVos’s Meddling in Voucher Debate
The last time Betsy DeVos tried to influence Ohio education policy her political action committee was found to have violated Ohio election law and was fined $5 million — which the PAC never paid — but Ohio Republicans who are trying to expand private school vouchers are seeking Betsy’s counsel once again.
“The influence of billionaire Betsy DeVos — and her PAC’s big campaign checks — are a major reason why Ohio’s charter school system expanded so rapidly and with so little oversight,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “Ohio taxpayers have been left on the hook for tens of millions of dollars from scam charter schools like the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, and now Betsy is advising Ohio Republicans once again about how to take public resources and give them away to private schools that are almost completely unaccountable to taxpayers. It’s a farce.”
Across the state, vouchers have exploded, draining millions from school districts and forcing local tax hikes, but Ohio Republicans have failed to resolve the issue.
“It’s easy to mess things up, but harder to fix them, and once again, it’s Democrats who’ve had to come bail out failed leadership from Statehouse Republicans,” said Ohio House Democratic Leader Emilia Strong Sykes. “Democrats have been at the table ready to make a deal, but at the end of the day, the responsibility lies with our colleagues in the supermajority to get along. By kicking the can down the road, it’s our children who will suffer.”
The Ohio Democratic Party is holding its annual Legacy Dinner on Sunday, March 15 in Columbus. Click here for info on tickets and tables.
- Saturday, Feb. 1 — State of the District Address in Parma with Sen. Nickie Antonio
- Saturday, Feb. 1 — We Belong Here PAC Brunch in Akron
- Saturday, Feb. 1 — Fairfield County Democratic Party Voter Registration Training
- Monday, Feb. 3 — Seven Hills Town Hall with Rep. Phil Robinson
- Monday, Feb. 3 — Candidate Forum for Ohio Senate District 16 in Upper Arlington
- Tuesday, Feb. 4 — Ohio Fairness Act Hearing at the Statehouse
- Tuesday, Feb. 4 — Richland County Democratic Party State of the Union Watch Party
- Thursday, Feb. 6 — Quin-T Democratic Club Meeting with Jaime Castle for Congress
- Friday, Feb. 7 — Live Podcast Interview and Democratic Debate Watch Party in Columbus
- Saturday, Feb. 8 — Greene County Democratic Women’s Club Luncheon with Judge Jennifer Brunner
- Saturday, Feb. 8 — Mahoning/Trumbull County Democratic Women’s Caucus Training
- Saturday, Feb. 8 — Washington County Democratic Party Valentine’s Dinner with Judge Jennifer Brunner
- Sunday, Feb. 9 — Wood County Young Dems Book Club Meeting
- Sunday, Feb. 9 — Knox County Democratic Party Strategy Session
- Sunday, Feb. 9 — Candidate Forum for Ohio Senate District 16 in Hilliard
- Monday, Feb. 10 — Richland County Democratic Women’s Caucus February Meeting
- Wednesday, Feb. 12 — Fairfield County Democratic Party Happy Hour
- Thursday, Feb. 13 — Summit County Democratic Party Valentine’s Day Party
- Thursday, Feb. 13 — Lucas County Young Dems Speed Date the Candidates Meeting
- Wednesday, Feb. 19 — Clermont County Young Dems Meeting and Elections
- Wednesday, Feb. 19 — Warren County Democratic Party 1st Congressional District Candidates Night
- Thursday, Feb. 20 — Miami County Democratic Party’s World Day of Social Justice Dinner
- Saturday, Feb. 22 — Hardin County Democratic Party Presidents Day Luncheon
- Saturday, Feb. 22 — College Democrats of Ohio Fundraiser in Columbus
- Saturday, Feb. 22 — Trumbull County Young Dems Game Night
- Tuesday, Feb. 25 — Franklin County Young Dems Game Night
- Thursday, Feb. 27 — Ottawa County Democratic Party Blue Plate Special with Judge Jennifer Brunner and Judge John P. O’Donnell
- Thursday, Feb. 27 — Auglaize County Democratic Party 4th Congressional District Democratic Debate
- Sunday, March 8 — Butler County Democratic Party Gala Dinner
- Thursday, March 12 — Northwest Ohio Seven-County Democratic Dinner
- Thursday, March 12 — Summit County Democratic Party’s St. Patrick’s Party
- Saturday, March 14 — Clermont County Democratic Party Pancake Breakfast
- Sunday, April 19 — Warren County Democratic Party Spring Gala with Judge Jennifer Brunner and Judge John P. O’Donnell
One last note — the Census Bureau is hiring! Getting an accurate and complete count of every Ohio resident is vital. If you or someone you know is interested in working for the Census, click here for Ohio employment opportunities.
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